A Cumbrian town split in half by floods which killed a police officer and forced hundreds to flee their homes has been re-united with a new footbridge.
Workington's new Barker Crossing, built by the Army, is named after Pc Bill Barker who died when nearby Northside Bridge collapsed.
He had been trying to clear people from the unstable bridge at the height of the floods on 20 November.
Schoolchildren were the first to cross the temporary bridge at 0805 GMT.
Maximum length of a Maybe-Johnson bridge is 61 metres, if I recall correctly (it's been a decade since I built one!), though this can be extended as much as you like with the use of piers or pontoon supports. Barker Bridge is 52 metres apparently, so pretty close to the max.
Just as an aside on the naming of bridges: in '98 we built a footbridge in Bosnia, complete with name plaque (as is usual) and named it in honour of a lad who had been injured earlier in the tour. Turned out, however, that the lad's name meant 'forbidden' in Arabic as used in Islamic law. Not a good choice for a heavily Muslim area. Doh!
I understand that the Maybe-Johnson bridge system is a modern derivation (stronger materials, etc) of the Bailey bridge. Are the components (eg the side panels) dimensionally identical to those of the old Bailey system - ie could M-J components be combined with Bailey components if necessary?